Last Friday at Low Barns Nature Reserve, the sun was out, the birds were singing and our youngest nature spotters, the 'Muddy Wellies' group, were out looking for wildlife. It was such a joy to watch them notice the bluebells, touching soft dandelions and sticky conker buds, smelling stinky wild garlic and watching buzzing bumblebees looking for a nest site.
We wandered along together, encouraging little ones with the offer of pond dipping, past the coot pond onto the boardwalk and through the swishy reedbeds, where reed warblers sang their scratchy song, proclaiming 'we are back, summer is on its way!'. This little brown bird, singing its heart out, returned last week after flying some 5000km from sub-Saharan Africa, ready to weave its nest here in the reedbeds of Low Barns. It’s such a privilege to have these birds here, and even more so to stand on a boardwalk in the sun with a small group of toddlers listening together to their scratchy song on a sunny April day!